Top Aces Achieves 70,000 Hours of Air Combat Training Excellence Worldwide

Montreal, April 27, 2018 – Top Aces Inc. announced today that it reached 70,000 hours of air combat training excellence worldwide. The event occurred during a training mission for the Canadian Armed Forces near Victoria, British Columbia. Training provided by Top Aces preserves valuable fleet life of military front line fighters and enhances military operational effectiveness. 

“We are incredibly proud of this significant milestone” said Didier Toussaint, Chief Operations Officer of Top Aces. “This achievement is unparalleled in our industry, it speaks to the professionalism and commitment of every Top Aces employee to excellence, and the long term partnerships that we have established with our valued customers. We will continue to leverage our industry-leading safety record and airworthiness standards to deliver the next generation of highly-representative adversary air to all our customers.”

Top Aces is the most experienced provider of turnkey tactical airborne training in the world. Top Aces is ready to introduce the next generation of aggressor training using advanced 4th generation supersonic aggressor aircraft, equipped with advanced radar, electronic attack (EA) systems and advanced on-board systems. Top Aces will continue to deliver the quality and performance demanded by the world’s leading air forces.

About Top Aces

Top Aces and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., employ the world’s largest privately-held operational fleet of fighter aircraft to provide advanced adversary and JTAC services across three continents. The mission-critical training provided enhances the operational readiness of allied air forces worldwide. To learn more on how Top Aces is changing the face of air combat training, visit topaces.com.

For Further Information

Garrick Ngai
Director of Marketing
Garrick.Ngai@topaces.com
+1 514-694-5565

Red Aces Team Down-Selected for ASDOT Competition

Montreal, March 16, 2018 – The Leonardo, Top Aces and Inzpire team, named Red Aces, has been down-selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to compete for a contract to meet the Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) capability. Team Red Aces is creating an industry-leading solution to provide a safe, highly representative live air support service to the British Armed Forces and its allies. 

Within the Red Aces team, the three companies have combined their proven capabilities, expertise and unrivalled experience to provide a partnered, long-term, low-risk solution for the UK MOD. The Red Aces solution intends to meet the highest standards of airworthiness certification, ensuring the service provided is safe and reliable. 

Red Aces intends to offer training capabilities which far exceed those currently fielded within the UK live training environment. Red Aces will choose these capabilities to meet the evolving operational and technological needs of Defence Operational Training out to 2035 and beyond; this has the potential to provide essential support to future UK Air, Land and Maritime force elements as they train to defend the UK and its interests worldwide.

Leonardo is at the forefront of UK innovation in airborne systems and services and therefore an ideal partner for ASDOT. As well as delivering advanced technologies such as radars, sensors and electronic warfare systems to the British Armed Forces, the company partners with the UK Ministry of Defence to deliver contracts that often span multiple platforms, systems and services. With extensive experience in working with the RAF on their Typhoon and Tornado aircraft, providing advanced technology, training, services and support, Leonardo is well placed to understand the end user requirements for ASDOT and offer the best mix of simulation, networked and integrated training capabilities to train British combat jet pilots in the most effective and efficient way possible.

Inzpire is trusted by the RAF Air Warfare Centre, RAF Typhoon Force, and Air Battlespace Training Centre at RAF Waddington to design and deliver large-scale live and synthetic operational training. The company has one-of-a-kind experience in LVC (live, virtual, constructive) training research, development, and delivery in the UK. Inzpire’s pilots conduct live combat training with Typhoon for the Royal Air Force and for the British Army with Apache and Wildcat helicopter pilots on a daily basis. For ASDOT, as with their existing training delivery, Inzpire will act as “Red Lead” by producing, leading and executing the Aggressor plan.

Top Aces is the most experienced provider of turnkey tactical airborne training in the world. With more than 68,000 accident-free flight hours and Main Operating Bases across three continents, Top Aces is preparing to introduce the next generation of aggressor training using advanced 4th generation supersonic aggressor aircraft. Flown by highly experienced Fighter Weapons Instructor pilots, and equipped with advanced radar and electronic attack (EA) systems, as well as other advanced on-board systems, Top Aces will deliver the mission profiles, flexibility, and availability demanded by ASDOT.

Discovery Air Defence Announces Corporate Rebranding, Re-emerges as Top Aces

Montreal, February 1, 2018 – Top Aces Inc. (“Top Aces”), formerly Discovery Air Defence Services Inc., today announced the return to the company’s original name. With an unparalleled record of flight safety and safety-first culture, Top Aces has the experience that matters. It has flown 68,000-plus accident-free flight hours and is the exclusive adversary air provider to the Australian, Canadian, and German armed forces.

“2018 is a very exciting year for Top Aces and the global adversary air industry,” said Paul Bouchard, President of Top Aces. “This rebrand builds on our proud history. It aligns our geographical brands into one to provide the world’s most advanced adversary air solutions to prepare Western aircrews for today’s new threats.”

The refreshed logo represents a modern visual identity. Stylized in red and blue colours, the wordmark highlights the role of Red Air and Blue Air in the world of adversary air training.

  • Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. has re-emerged as Top Aces Inc.
  • Aligns all geographical brands to one global brand, serving the world’s leading air forces
  • Facilitates stronger participation in the global adversary air market by connecting the company’s unrivalled past performance in safety, experience and innovation with the next-generation of Contracted Airborne Training Services in Canada
  • As the world’s most experienced adversary air training provider, Top Aces will be fielding advanced 4th generation supersonic aggressor aircraft for service


An Experienced Name in Adversary Air

Since 2005, Top Aces has provided airborne training to the world’s leading air forces. With its unparalleled safety record and an industry-leading 68,000 hours flown in support of its customers worldwide, Top Aces has the experience that matters. 

Clairvest Group Inc. has been a long-term investor in Top Aces. Discovery Air Inc. and Clairvest had announced in December 2017 a conversion of debt to equity. Clairvest and its affiliates are significant owners of the company along with U.S. institutional investors which participated in an equity financing also in December.

Fourth Generation Aggressor Aircraft for the World’s Leading Air Forces

In addition to its current services, Top Aces is preparing to introduce the next generation of adversary services using advanced 4th generation supersonic aggressor aircraft. Flown by highly experienced Top Gun and Fighter Weapons Instructor pilots, and equipped with advanced radar and electronic attack (EA) systems, as well as other advanced on-board systems, Top Aces offers the ideal adversary solution for today’s warfighters. Top Aces operates from Main Operating Bases located in Australia, Canada, Germany and the United States. 

About Top Aces

Top Aces and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., employ the world’s largest privately-held operational fleet of fighter aircraft to provide advanced adversary and JTAC services across three continents. The mission-critical training provided enhances the operational readiness of allied air forces worldwide. To learn more on how Top Aces is changing the face of air combat training, visit topaces.com.

For Further Information

Garrick Ngai
Director of Marketing
Garrick.Ngai@topaces.com
+1 514-694-5565

Discovery Air Defence Flies First Fast Jet Training Mission in Australia

Montreal, November 14, 2017 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., today announced that it has now flown its first fast jet training mission in support of the Australian Defence Force’s Fast Jet Trial contract.

Two DA Defence upgraded Alpha Jets and four Air Affairs Learjets participated in air-to-air missions as Red Air aggressors near RAAF Williamtown, New South Wales. The jets were participating in the Royal Australian Air Force 81 Wing workups for future exercises.  

“This inaugural fast jet mission is a great milestone for everyone involved in our new Australian program,” said Steven “Bunt” Nierlich, DA Defence Program Manager and a highly-experienced former CF-18 pilot. “Discovery Air Defence and Air Affairs Australia are committed to delivering the world’s best adversary training to the Australian Defence Force.”

“This mission marks the achievement of initial operating capability (IOC) in our Australian fast jet program,” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence. “Working closely with our partner Air Affairs Australia, also an expert in providing both jet and unmanned target services, we look forward to training the Australian Defence Force with highly-representative adversary threats beyond this trial and into the future.”

DA Defence is the most experienced provider of turnkey tactical airborne training in the world. With eight Main Operating Bases across three continents, DA Defence operates the world’s largest privately-owned fleet of aggressor and combat support aircraft. With an unparalleled safety record, including 66,000 accident-free flight hours, DA Defence, along with their wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., is the exclusive contracted airborne training service provider to the Canadian, German, and Australian armed forces. DA Defence’s unique mix of modern fighter and special mission aircraft equipped with representative 4th generation threat capabilities delivers the mission profiles, flexibility, and availability demanded by the world’s leading air forces.

About DA Defence and Discovery Air

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., have the world’s largest privately-held operating fleet of fighter aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. Discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training at experiencematters.ca. #CdnInnovation #AeroInnovates

Discovery Air Inc. is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training; medevac equipped aircraft services; air charter services; helicopter operations; and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve. Discovery Air’s unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol DA.DB.A).

For Further Information:

Garrick Ngai
Director of Marketing
Garrick.Ngai@discoveryair.com
514-694-5565

Discovery Air Defence Flies First Fast Jet Training Mission in Australia

Montreal, November 14, 2017 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., today announced that it has now flown its first fast jet training mission in support of the Australian Defence Force’s Fast Jet Trial contract.

Two DA Defence upgraded Alpha Jets and four Air Affairs Learjets participated in air-to-air missions as Red Air aggressors near RAAF Williamtown, New South Wales. The jets were participating in the Royal Australian Air Force 81 Wing workups for future exercises.  

“This inaugural fast jet mission is a great milestone for everyone involved in our new Australian program,” said Steven “Bunt” Nierlich, DA Defence Program Manager and a highly-experienced former CF-18 pilot. “Discovery Air Defence and Air Affairs Australia are committed to delivering the world’s best adversary training to the Australian Defence Force.”

“This mission marks the achievement of initial operating capability (IOC) in our Australian fast jet program,” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence. “Working closely with our partner Air Affairs Australia, also an expert in providing both jet and unmanned target services, we look forward to training the Australian Defence Force with highly-representative adversary threats beyond this trial and into the future.”

DA Defence is the most experienced provider of turnkey tactical airborne training in the world. With eight Main Operating Bases across three continents, DA Defence operates the world’s largest privately-owned fleet of aggressor and combat support aircraft. With an unparalleled safety record, including 66,000 accident-free flight hours, DA Defence, along with their wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., is the exclusive contracted airborne training service provider to the Canadian, German, and Australian armed forces. DA Defence’s unique mix of modern fighter and special mission aircraft equipped with representative 4th generation threat capabilities delivers the mission profiles, flexibility, and availability demanded by the world’s leading air forces.

About DA Defence and Discovery Air

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., have the world’s largest privately-held operating fleet of fighter aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. Discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training at experiencematters.ca. #CdnInnovation #AeroInnovates

Discovery Air Inc. is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training; medevac equipped aircraft services; air charter services; helicopter operations; and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve. Discovery Air’s unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol DA.DB.A).

For Further Information:

Garrick Ngai
Director of Marketing
Garrick.Ngai@discoveryair.com
514-694-5565

Discovery Air Defence Awarded Long-Term Contracted Airborne Training Services Contract

Montreal, October 31, 2017 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., today announced it has been awarded through a competition the long-term Contracted Airborne Training Services (CATS) contract by the Government of Canada. This contract is for 10 years with 1 two-year option and a second 17-month option. DA Defence will deliver CATS services to the Canadian Armed Forces from permanent operating bases located in four different Canadian provinces using a fleet of modernized Alpha Jet and Learjet aircraft.

“It is an honour to be selected as Canada’s long term partner for the provision of CATS by offering a true made-in-Canada solution,” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence. “Our outstanding team of highly experienced CF-18 pilots and fighter weapons instructors combined with our team of dedicated maintenance, engineering and support personnel will continue to deliver the world’s most comprehensive airborne training to prepare the Canadian military for ever-changing challenges and threats to Canada and its allies beyond 2030.

“Over the course of the past 12 years, we have exceeded all customer expectations to become Canada’s trusted provider of airborne training,” said Didier Toussaint, Group President and Operations Manager of DA Defence. “Our proven track record of safety, experience and innovation will continue to serve the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces well into the future. I am also very proud that this long-term CATS award will support ongoing economic and technological benefits in the Montreal aerospace supercluster and boost Canada’s Key Industrial Capabilities in aerospace on the world stage.” Both Messrs. Bouchard and Toussaint are also former CF-18 fighter weapons instructor pilots.

DA Defence is the most experienced provider of turnkey tactical airborne training in the world. With eight Main Operating Bases across three continents, DA Defence operates the world’s largest privately-owned fleet of aggressor and combat support aircraft. With an unparalleled safety record,  including 66,000 accident-free flight hours, DA Defence, along with their wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., is the exclusive contracted airborne training service provider to the Canadian, German, and Australian armed forces. DA Defence’s unique mix of modern fighter and special mission aircraft equipped with representative 4th generation threat capabilities delivers the mission profiles, flexibility, and availability demanded by the Canadian Armed Forces and the world’s leading air forces.

About DA Defence and Discovery Air

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., have the world’s largest privately-held operating fleet of fighter aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. Discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training at experiencematters.ca. #CdnInnovation #AeroInnovates

Discovery Air Inc. is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training; medevac equipped aircraft services; air charter services; helicopter operations; and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve. Discovery Air’s unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol DA.DB.A).

For Further Information:

Discovery Air Defence
Garrick Ngai
Director of Marketing
Garrick.Ngai@discoveryair.com
514-694-5565

Discovery Air
Investor Relations 
Toll-Free (866) 903 3247

Discovery Air Defence and Air Affairs Australia Win Jet Air Support Trial Contract in Australia

Montreal, March 1, 2017 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., and Air Affairs Australia Pty Ltd. have been awarded a two-year trial contract by the Commonwealth of Australia to provide Red Air and fighter support to the Australian Defence Force.

The “Jet Air Support – Fast Jet Trial” consists of three highly-advanced Alpha Jets based at RAAF Base Williamtown. These upgraded jets feature dual touch screens, new radios and GPS receivers for enhanced precision and safety.

DA Defence will provide Red Air and fighter support to the Royal Australian Air Force, Joint Terminal Attack Controller (“JTAC”) training to the Australian Army, and anti-surface training for the Royal Australian Navy. The trial will begin in Q3 of this year.

“We are very proud to be selected by the Australian government and Air Affairs to bring our capabilities and experience to the Australian Defence Force. We are exporting Canadian excellence and expertise to a key ally. We are trusted by the world’s leading air forces to deliver highly-representative threats and training to produce the world’s best fighter pilots,” said Paul Bouchard, President of Discovery Air Defence.

“Air Affairs Australia is pleased to be working closely with Discovery Air Defence for the Fast Jet Trial. Discovery Air Defence’s proven track record in contracted air services brings a complimentary solution to our current Jet Air Services contract. Our common commitment to the highest levels of safety and airworthiness will ensure the best training for the Australian Defence Force,” said Chris Sievers, Managing Director of Air Affairs Australia.

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces, have the world’s largest privately-held operating fleet of fighter aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. To discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training, visit experiencematters.ca.

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training, medevac equipped aircraft services, airborne fire services, air charter services, helicopter operations, and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve.

Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

About Air Affairs Australia

Air Affairs Australia is a highly capable and innovative Aviation Operations and Engineering based company. Established in 1995 and 100% Australian-owned, Air Affairs Australia is a leader in the provision of specialised airborne and engineering services. The company is ISO 9001 Quality Certified, Australian Defence Security cleared and provides aircraft operations and maintenance under full CASA certification. Air Affairs Australia operates from purpose built facilities at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park, in Nowra, NSW.

Air Affairs Australia owns and operates a fleet of special mission Learjet and Kingair aircraft, providing specialised air training support services to the Australian Defence Force. The aircraft also fulfil other special mission roles, including turn-key high altitude bushfire reconnaissance services. All aircraft are maintained and operated by the company under full CASA certification, including certified facilities and processes.

For further information:

Sheila Venman
VP, HR & Communications
Discovery Air Inc.
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
866-903-3247

Chris Sievers
Managing Director
Air Affairs Australia Pty Ltd
Ph:    +61 2 44236755
Mob: +61 412428576 
Email: csievers@airaffairs.com.au

Discovery Air Defence and Inzpire Join Forces to Deliver Air Support to Defence Operational Training Programme to the British Armed Forces

Montreal, February 20, 2017 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., and Inzpire Ltd. have joined forces to bid for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Air Support to Defence Operational Training (“ASDOT”) programme. The two companies will combine their unique capabilities in the live air training environment to deliver the most innovative, relevant and safe training solution for the ASDOT customer.

Providing Accurate, Reliable, Safe and Representative Threats to the British Armed Forces

With the world’s largest privately-owned operational fleet of aggressor aircraft for air support, DA Defence is the most experienced provider of turnkey tactical airborne training and adversary training for militaries worldwide. DA Defence’s mix of modern fighters and special mission aircraft equipped with radar, sensors, EA, and targeting capabilities will deliver the mission profiles, flexibility, and availability demanded by ASDOT.

“As the world leader in contracted air combat training, we are very excited to join forces with the UK’s Inzpire.    The combined strengths of our two companies are uniquely suited to meet the ASDOT requirements and to serve the British Armed Forces’ evolving live-fly, tactical training needs well into the mid-2030s,” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence.

Inzpire are experts in team and collective training. They provide an independent exercise management team to the RAF’s Air Battlespace Training Centre, as well as supplying expertise within the RAF’s Air Warfare Centre through the management of large scale live training exercises. Inzpire’s Qualified Helicopter Flying Instructors instruct the British Army Apache Attack Helicopter and Wildcat Helicopter Conversion-to-Type and conversion to role courses. With proven experience of delivery to the UK MoD, Inzpire will continue their exceptional service to the customer through the delivery of ASDOT.

“After careful consideration of the customer’s requirements, we are pleased to formalize our relationship with Discovery Air Defence. Their proven track record providing ASDOT services worldwide and unrivalled Flight Safety record make them an ideal partner for this program,” said Hugh Griffiths, CEO of Inzpire Ltd.

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training, medevac equipped aircraft services, airborne fire services, air charter services, helicopter operations, and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve.

Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

About Inzpire

Inzpire is a proudly British company and was founded in 2005. As a joint-services organisation with more than 1,000 years of military experience, and 130,000 flying hours across the Royal Air Force, British Army and Royal Navy, the Company delivers a range of Defence Managed Services in addition to mission systems products. Inzpire delivers a full suite of training and consultancy services to improve performance, safety, value and efficiency. It provides rotary, fixed wing and UAS operational training both in synthetic and live environments, as well as supporting UK Typhoon operations. More information is available at www.inzpire.com

For further information:

Sheila Venman
VP, HR & Communications
Discovery Air Inc.
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
866-903-3247

Becki Hall
Marketing and Communications Manager 
Inzpire Ltd

becki.hall@inzpire.com
+44 (0) 1522 305785

Discovery Air Defence Participates in Exercise Cutlass Fury 16 over the Atlantic

Montreal, September 27, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., recently participated in Exercise CUTLASS FURY 16, a multinational anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise led by the Royal Canadian Navy. DA Defence’s fleet of Alpha Jets and Westwind special mission aircraft join Canadian and allied ships and aircraft conducting ASW training off the coast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. As a highly-experienced combat support provider to the Canadian Armed Forces, DA Defence aircraft and crews flew more than 180 sorties on various missions including anti-ship warfare training, electronic warfare, threat replication and target tow.

“Discovery Air Defence is providing a variety of services to CUTLASS FURY 16, from electronic warfare to the simulation of fighter jets and missiles. These contracted services allow for a realistic training environment that enhances the skills of all participants,” said Captain (Navy) Craig Skjerpen, Commander Task Group 301.1 for CUTLASS FURY 16.

“Discovery Air Defence is proud to support the RCN and NATO partners in this Task Group-level Joint maritime exercise,” said James Preston Manning, Vice President of Contracted Airborne Training Services. “Our Alpha Jets and Westwinds flew daily missions as the enemy force, replicating threat aircraft and missile systems probing and simulating attacks against surface combatants and CF-18 aircraft. Our pilots flew with RCAF Electronic Warfare Officers onboard and exercised the abilities of warships and CF-18s to detect, identify, warn and engage airborne targets.”

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces, have the world’s largest privately-held, operating fleet of fighter aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. To discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training, visit us at experiencematters.ca.

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air Inc. is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training, medevac equipped aircraft services, airborne fire services, air charter services, helicopter operations, and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve.

Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

For Further Information

Sheila Venman
VP, HR & Communications
Discovery Air Inc.
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
866-903-3247

To download a PDF version of this press release, please click here

Discovery Air Defence Achieves 60,000 Hours of Air Combat Training Excellence Worldwide

Montreal, September 9, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., announced today that it has recently completed 60,000 hours of air combat training services worldwide. The milestone occurred during a Maritime Fighter Controller training mission near Victoria, British Columbia.

“I’m incredibly proud of this achievement,” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence. “This milestone is unparalleled in our industry and speaks to the professionalism and excellence of our entire organization. We will continue to leverage this industry-leading past performance to deliver representative air combat training to current and future customers, as they transition to 5th Gen fighter technology.”

Garry Venman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations at DA Defence added, “The world’s top air forces want a highly capable provider flying radar-equipped 4th gen supersonic aggressors to train their aircrews for the near-peer threats of the future. As the world’s most experienced air combat training provider, we can deliver this training quickly, safely and affordably.”

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., have the world’s largest privately-held, operating fleet of fighter aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. To discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training, visit us at experiencematters.ca.

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training, medevac equipped aircraft services, airborne fire services, air charter services, helicopter operations, and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve.

Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

For Further Information

Sheila Venman
VP, HR & Communications
Discovery Air Inc.
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
866-903-3247

To download a PDF version of this press release, please click here

Top Aces Successfully Completes Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training for the German Army

Mesa, AZ – July 11, 2016 –Top Aces Corp. (“Top Aces”), a U.S. leader in high-performance contracted air services, recently completed German Army Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training support. Top Aces TA-4J Skyhawks flew multiple sorties and successfully completed all scheduled JTAC training events for German Army personnel on training ranges near Boise, Idaho.

“It was extremely rewarding for Top Aces to support our German allies and coalition partners in their JTAC training syllabus”, said David Philman, Vice President, Top Aces. “In coordination with the Idaho Air National Guard JTACs, we were able to assist the German Army controllers to gain greater confidence in their ability to control Close Air Support assets in the high-speed, high-stress environment of Type 1 control.”

“We do highly appreciate the training possibilities with Top Aces here in the U.S. The favourable range options, the weather and the airspace size allow for a realistic training under conditions similar to Afghanistan,” said First Lieutenant Andreas Stemler, JTAC Luftwaffe. “Flying the A-4, Top Aces provide us with outstanding Close Air Support in a realistic airframe.”

Directed by controllers, Top Aces’ highly-experienced pilots flew Close Air Support missions, simulating the delivery of munitions in close proximity to friendly forces. Training in such a demanding environment allowed the controllers to gain valuable experience in directing and controlling simulated Close Air Support and other offensive air operations with high-speed fighter aircraft.

Top Aces and its parent company Discovery Air Defence, have the world’s largest privately-held, operational fleet of contract air support aircraft. The training provided is tailored to support the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft and warfighters.

About Top Aces

Top Aces, a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., delivers cost-effective, leading-edge air combat training solutions for the U.S. military and allies worldwide. Our experienced team of professionals provide the most realistic air combat training required to generate modern, operationally capable, multi-purpose combat forces. To learn more about how Top Aces is changing the face of air combat training, visit: www.topaces.com.

For further information

David Philman
Vice President
Office: +1-800-353-8068 
Mobile: 210-965-9760
david.philman@topaces.com

Discovery Air Defence Fighter Pilots Achieve Career Milestones in Flying Experience

Montreal, May 25, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., recently celebrated significant pilot flight hour milestones on the company’s Alpha Jet, A-4N Skyhawk, and Westwind aircraft.

Two DA Defence pilots each surpassed 3,000 flight hours on the Alpha Jet, becoming the first two pilots in North America to achieve this impressive feat, representing approximately 10 years in a full-time line pilot flying position. The individual milestones were achieved during recent deployments to Florida in support of Canada-U.S. military exercises. In addition to 3,000 hours logged on the Alpha Jet, the two fighter pilots are also highly experienced CF-18 Fighter Weapons Instructors – Top Guns – with thousands of hours on the Hornet.

DA Defence celebrates flight hour milestones at each 1,000 hour interval, and recently commended the 12th DA Defence pilot on reaching the 2,000 hour milestone on the Alpha Jet. In Germany, the team is celebrating the recent achievement of the 2,000 hour mark in the A-4N Skyhawk.

“In 10 years, our pilots have accumulated an impressive volume of flight hours providing contracted services”, said James “Preston” Manning, Vice President of iCATS, DA Defence. “It’s no exaggeration to say that we have some of the world’s most experienced fighter pilots, their professionalism and airmanship is acknowledged and valued greatly by our customers.”

“These are significant milestones for any fighter pilot and are indicative of the deep, deep experience within DA Defence” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence. “To put this into context, our pilots have each flown thousands more CATS hours than some entire companies in our industry. I wish to thank all of our pilots for their dedication to safely providing excellent service to our customers and congratulate all of them on these important achievements.”

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces, have the world’s largest privately-held, operating fleet of combat aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. To discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training in Canada, Germany, U.S. and worldwide, visit us at experiencematters.ca.

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training; medevac equipped aircraft services; airborne firefighting services; air charter services; helicopter operations; and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve. Discover more at discoveryair.com.

Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

For further information

Sheila Venman
Discovery Air Inc.
VP, HR & Communications
Sheila.Venman@discoveryair.com
866-903-3247

Discovery Air Defence Supports First Ever German Air Force Eurofighter Fighter Weapons Instructor Course

Montreal, April 14, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., recently flew in the first-ever German Air Force (“Luftwaffe”) Eurofighter Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (FWIC). Two DA Defence A-4N Skyhawks flew a number of support missions as Red Air to provide aggressor and dissimilar air combat training (DACT) for Eurofighters from Tactical Flying Wing 73 “Steinhoff” in Laage, Germany.

“These missions mark an important achievement in our German program,” said Rolf Brandt, Senior Program Manager – German Operations, DA Defence. “The Luftwaffe has placed their  trust in Discovery Air Defence to deliver professionally operated, highly-representative adversaries to train Germany’s elite Eurofighter pilots in advanced fighter weapons skills and tactics.”

“We are really pleased to be a key contributor to the success of the new Luftwaffe Eurofighter fighter weapons training program,” said Daniel Gibeau, Chief Operating Officer, DA Defence. “Our modernized Skyhawks flown by highly-seasoned pilots continue to provide positive training outcomes for the German military.”

DA Defence began its contracted airborne training services for the German Armed Forces in January 2015. Flying embedded with the German Air Force, DA Defence is delivering critical air combat training and combat support for the German military at home and on deployment.

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces have the world’s largest privately-held, operating fleet of combat aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. To discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training In Germany, Canada, U.S. and worldwide, visit us at experiencematters.ca.

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training; medevac equipped aircraft services; airborne firefighting services; air charter services; helicopter operations; and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve. Discover more at discoveryair.com.

Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

For further information:

Sheila Venman
Discovery Air Inc.
VP, HR & Communications
Sheila.Venman@discoveryair.com
866-903-3247

Discovery Air Defence Participates in Dissimilar Air Combat Training Exercise in Canary Islands

Montreal, April 6, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., recently deployed aircraft from Wittmundhafen, Germany to participate in the annual Dissimilar Air Combat Training (“DACT”) exercise hosted by the Spanish Air Force at Gando Air Base, Canary Islands.

Flying embedded with German Air Force Eurofighter squadrons, DA Defence A-4N Skyhawks joined units on exercise for air combat training with different fighter aircraft, including F-16, F-18 and Mirage 2000. Unlike training with similar aircraft, DACT allows pilots to experience the flight profiles, characteristics and presentations of different combat aircraft. DA Defence’s A-4N Skyhawks presented a new challenge for all exercise participants. It also demonstrated DA Defence’s abilities to partake in multinational large force exercises.

“We brought very positive training challenges for all participants at DACT 2016,” said Rolf Brandt, Senior Program Manager – German Operations. “As dedicated Red Air aggressors, the deployment of our highly agile A-4N Skyhawks brought a new kind of threat for the participants to refine their combat skills and tactics.”

DA Defence began its contracted airborne training services for the German Armed Forces in January 2015 and is delivering critical air combat training and combat support for the German military at home and on deployment abroad.

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., have the world’s largest privately-held, operating fleet of combat aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. To discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training in Germany, Canada, U.S. and worldwide, visit us at experiencematters.ca.

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training; medevac equipped aircraft services; airborne firefighting services; air charter services; helicopter operations; and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve. Discover more at discoveryair.com.

Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

For further information

Sheila Venman
Discovery Air Inc.
VP, HR & Communications
Sheila.Venman@discoveryair.com
866-903-3247

Discovery Air Defence Completes Successful Deployment in Support of Royal Canadian Navy and the Florida Air National Guard

Montreal, March 22, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. („DA Defence“), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., recently deployed its Dornier Alpha Jets and Westwind Special Mission Aircraft with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Florida Air National Guard to Exercise Eagle Claw 2016 off the coast of Florida. 

DA Defence Alpha Jets and Westwind aircraft executed anti-shipping warfare training, electronic support measure (ESM) training and surface-to-air gunnery training against HMCS ATHABASKAN and CHARLOTTETOWN, as well as the Spanish replenishment ship SPS PATIŇO. Directed by Canadian maritime flight controllers onboard USS FARRAGUT, DA Defence aircraft replicated various threats against the task group. 

„Participation in the Task Group Exercise demonstrates our ability to provide the most relevant training and combat support to the Royal Canadian Navy and to all other elements,“ said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence. „The missions flown by our aircrew allowed the Royal Canadian Navy and the Florida Air National Guard to test their readiness, to gain vital operational experience and to maintain the highest levels of combat readiness.“ 

DA Defence’s Alpha Jets and Westwind fleet returned to their respective bases in Canada at the end of the exercise. DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces, have the world’s largest privately-held, operating fleet of combat aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. To discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training worldwide, visit us at experiencematters.ca. 

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries 

Discovery Air (TSX: DA.A) is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training; medevac equipped aircraft services; airborne firefighting services; air charter services; helicopter operations; and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve. Discover more at discoveryair.com. 

Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively). 

For further information: 

Sheila Venman
Discovery Air Inc.
VP, HR & Communications
Sheila.Venman@discoveryair.com
866-903-3247

Discovery Air Defence Completes Successful Deployment in Support of Royal Canadian Air Force at Exercise Combat Archer

Montreal, February 17, 2016 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc.,  the world’s largest provider of tactical adversary services, recently deployed with Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18s to Exercise Combat Archer at Tyndall Air Force Base.

DA Defence Alpha Jets executed numerous Red Air missions providing dissimilar air combat training for CF-18, F-22, F-35, and F-15 aircrew during a three-week deployment in Florida, which ended on February 5.

“They [DA Defence pilots] are Canadian-trained and are some of our most qualified pilots – utmost professionals,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Dave Turenne, Commander of 425 Squadron. “Those guys are going to do exactly what we need them to do, by providing the presentations and understanding the exact things we’re looking for in training,” he added.

“Anytime we get contracted Red Air, everybody likes it. It’s an extra tactical challenge to solve. The jets, the electronic attack, the low flying and just their experience as aircrew add to the complexity of the mission.” said Lieutenant Colonel Matt Bradley, Commander of 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron. “For the young pilots with 50 to 100 hours in the jets, they’re building all their experience and the [Alpha] jets are something else they haven’t seen before.”

“Our participation in Combat Archer affirms the continued confidence and trust by Canada and the U.S. in the value of embedded adversary training that our capabilities, people and experience provide. We contribute to the combat readiness of the finest fighter pilots in the world and I’m very proud of our accomplishments at Combat Archer,” remarked Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence.

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces have the world’s largest privately-held, operating fleet of combat aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. To discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training worldwide, visit us at experiencematters.ca.

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air Inc. is a global leader in specialty aviation services. We deliver exceptional air combat training; medevac equipped aircraft services; airborne firefighting services; air charter services; helicopter operations; and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve. Discovery Air is a global leader in specialty aviation services.

Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

For further information
Sheila Venman
VP, HR & Communications
Sheila.Venman@discoveryair.com
866-903-3247

Discovery Air Defence Achieves 55,000 Hours of Air Combat Training Excellence

Montreal, 21 Dec 2015 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., has recently achieved 55,000 hours of airborne training services for the Canadian Armed Forces, German Armed Forces and other air forces worldwide. This new milestone marks DA Defence’s continuous commitment as a trusted and proven provider of air combat training to Canadian and international customers.

“2015 has been an important year for us,” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence. “The success of our Canadian and German programs, continued expansion of our U.S. operations and our tenth anniversary of training excellence make us extremely proud. I’m very excited about continuing to support our customers in 2016 and beyond.

Garry Venman, VP of Business Development and Government Relations at DA Defence, added, “55,000 hours of proven and trusted experience, successful international operations, and investments in game-changing aircraft, infrastructure and people continues to enable DA Defence to deliver the industry’s leading air combat solutions to customers worldwide.”

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air is a Canadian specialty aviation company operating over 150 aircraft with approximately 800 team members. Its subsidiaries provide airborne training to the Canadian and German military, air ambulance services, airborne fire services, helicopter operations, fixed-wing air charter services, expediting and logistics support, and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

For further information

Sheila Venman
VP, HR & Communications
Discovery Air Inc.
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
866-903-3247

Discovery Air Defence Deploys A-4 Skyhawks to Support the German Air Force in Italy

Montreal, June 25, 2015 – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. („DA Defence“), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc. has deployed McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawks to Decimomannu Air Base in Sardinia, Italy. The DA Defence Skyhawks are providing Red Air adversary training support to German Air Force (Luftwaffe) Eurofighters on deployment in Italy.

DA Defence is providing Red Air mission training embedded with Eurofighters from the Luftwaffe’s Tactical Air Force Wing 73 „Steinhoff.“ The training exercise in Decimomannu is scheduled for completion in late June.

„This first deployment to Italy demonstrates the confidence and trust by the Luftwaffe for DA Defence to deliver air combat training of the highest order,“ said Daniel Gibeau, Chief Operating Officer of DA Defence. „Our modernized McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawks are flying dissimilar air combat training missions against the best of the Luftwaffe. Our capabilities, people and experience continue to contribute to the finest combat pilots for Germany and directly to readiness for NATO missions.“

To discover how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training in Europe, visit us at discoveryair-ds.com

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries

Discovery Air provides safe and reliable aviation and logistics services in challenging environments. We operate approximately 150 aircraft with our over 900 team members, delivering airborne training to international militaries; medevac equipped aircraft services; airborne fire services; helicopter operations; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

For further information: 
Sheila Venman 
Discovery Air Inc.
VP, Human Resources & Communications 
Sheila.Venman@discoveryair.com 
866-903-3247

Discovery Air Defence Celebrates 50,000 Hours Flying Contracted Air Combat Training Worldwide

Media Advisory

Montreal, 22 May 2015 – Discovery Air Defence, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc, is celebrating 50,000 hours of contracted air combat training worldwide at CANSEC 2015 in Ottawa on May 27, 2015.

This milestone marks another important achievement in DA Defence’s continued success in the international air combat training market. Foreign militaries are recognizing the significant cost savings, positive training value and increased operational readiness offered by DA Defence. With a stellar, 10-year accident-free record and 98 per cent serviceability rate, DA Defence is a true Canadian defence success story, a key industrial capability, and a fine example of Canada’s defence value proposition in action.

The celebration will take place at 2:45 PM on Wednesday, May 27 at CANSEC 2015, Booth 408, EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa.

Senior company executives are available for one-on-one media opportunities on May 27 and 28. Please register by email to garrick.ngai@discoveryair.com with your name, title, business email and mobile number. Check-in at reception upon arrival at the DA Defence booth.

For more information:

Garrick Ngai, MBA
Director of Marketing
Discovery Air Defence
Mob: (514) 348-0337

Discovery Air Defence Services surpasses 40,000 Combat Support Hours

Montreal, QC, September 5, 2013 – Discovery Air Defence Services (DADS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., has surpassed 40,000 flying hours in support of the Canadian Forces. This marks a tremendous milestone, and is particularly impressive given the company’s 100% accident-free record and ongoing serviceability rates in excess of 98%.

Paul Bouchard, President of DADS, said “We are very proud of the excellent, safe and robust work we do supporting Canada’s frontline military units. Since 2005, we have delivered over 40,000 hours of training to the Air Force, Navy and Army in locations across North America. The Canadian military is able to save money by contracting their need for combat support services, while still maintaining the highest possible operational readiness posture. As military forces around the world look for cost effective ways to reduce their training expenses, we believe that our highly qualified team is well positioned to expand our services internationally.” 

Former Squadron Commander, Christopher “Hammy” Hamilton, flew the 40,000 hour while on a mission in Cold Lake, AB conducting Air Combat Manoeuvers (ACM) with 409 Squadron. The Fighter Weapons Instructor and CF-18 reserve pilot stated “This milestone is a direct result of the culture within our company – highly qualified pilots, technicians and support staff working together to provide real world training for the Forces. It is something we are all very committed to and take tremendous pride in.”

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES

Discovery Air is a Canadian specialty aviation company operating over 160 aircraft with approximately 850 team members. Its subsidiaries provide airborne training to the Canadian military, air ambulance services, airborne fire services, helicopter operations, fixed-wing air charter services, expediting and logistics support, and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

For further information: 
Sheila Venman
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
Toll Free (866) 903 3247


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